£25m boost for train travellers

Rail passengers on the Norwich to London mainline are promised a more comfortable journey with the completion of the £25m upgrade of the fleet of Mark 3 vehicles.

Rail passengers on the Norwich to London mainline are promised a more comfortable journey with the completion of the £25m upgrade of the fleet of Mark 3 vehicles.

Invited guests from across the region celebrated by taking a trip on a special One 10.54am service to the capital - where the train was named Let's Go East of England to mark the occasion.

Andrew Goodrum, business director mainline, said: “Customers will be able to experience an enhanced environment on the Norwich to London line.

“We have provided better facilities for disabled people, including priority seating. We have also upgraded the restaurant vehicles and introduced the brand new buffet under the One Cafe brand.”

The mainline fleet consists of 118 trains, which make up 14 sets, and the revamp has taken 15 months to complete.

Mr Goodrum added: “One of the big improvements many people have noticed is the air conditioning, which got a very good test at the height of summer this year.”

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The Mark 3 vehicles have been totally refurbished, including a new livery.

One has been working with the East of England Tourist Board on a £400,000 campaign to promote the region in London and within the M25 boundary and the naming of the train also cements that relationship.

A further £500,000 has been spent on the refurbishment of trains operating coastal routes.